Elementary school teacher, O'Brien, OR
An avid snowboarder, Joseph Flaherty got involved in the work of KS Wild in 2000 in support of the campaign to protect the Mount Ashland watershed. He also spent part of a summer sitting in an old Douglas Fir hoping to stop the Peak Timber Sale in the upper Rogue basin. Joseph worked for KS Wild for a while as a door-to-door canvasser raising awareness of local forest issues. While a college student at Southern Oregon University, he edited and published the campus paper known as "The Soapbox". Recently, he moved to the Illinois Valley where he works as a primary school teacher. He continues to ride his snowboard, but now he has to hike for his turns in the wild western Siskiyou.